Report  |   January 1999
Performances of At-Risk, African American Preschoolers on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III
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Development / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
Report   |   January 1999
Performances of At-Risk, African American Preschoolers on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1999, Vol.30, 75-82. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3001.75
History: Accepted 14 Jul 1998 , Received 10 Feb 1998
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1999, Vol.30, 75-82. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3001.75
History: Accepted 14 Jul 1998 , Received 10 Feb 1998

This study examined the performance of 59 at-risk, African American preschoolers on the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III, Dunn & Dunn, 1997). The subjects were considered at-risk based on low-income status and/or social status variables such as family density and teenage parents. A mean standard score of 91 and a standard deviation of 11 were achieved by these children. Although these scores are below those reported for the PPVT-III standardization sample, the performance spread resulted in a normal distribution of scores. Differences in performance based on gender and income were not apparent, but level of education of the primary caregiver significantly influenced performance. The findings indicate that unlike the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-Revised (PPVT-R, Dunn & Dunn, 1981) the PPVT-III is a culturally fair instrument that is appropriate for use with this population.

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